In recent years there has been a major push in geothermal heating and cooling system installations.  Escalating and uncertain fuel costs have been the driving force behind this, and with the possibility of reducing heating and cooling operating costs by 30% to 60% coupled with Federal and State incentives the proposition of going to Geothermal is very attractive.  Additionally, payback can be in as little as two to seven years.

We are all becoming a little greener these days and geothermal is certainly a very green option.  It reduces our dependency on fossil fuels and has a zero impact on the environment.  It is a renewable energy source that does not contribute to the green house effect.  With the financial savings and lack of impact on the environment it is not surprising that all new government buildings and schools are required to have geothermal systems to heat and cool them.  All in all a pretty good result for the economy and the environment.

The major component of a geothermal system is the loop that utilizes the earth’s natural, limitless supply of geothermal heating and cooling to help keep temperatures constant in all kinds of structures.  To make this possible the drilling contractor is required to drill a series of holes to install either a closed or open loop system.  The depth of the holes can vary from installation to installation, and depending on the size of the structure the quantity of holes also varies.  What does not vary is the drilling contractors need to finish the job as quickly and efficiently as possible.

An Interview with Dennis Stoudt, President of C.S. Garber & Sons, Boyertown, Pennsylvania by Michael Cowell of Mincon Rockdrills.

CSGarbers4RigsC.S. Garber & Sons Inc. was founded in 1929 as a single drill company in the waterwell industry.  The company was family owned until 1980 and was again sold on January 7th, 2000 to three employees who currently manage the corporation.  Dennis says “the company owns and maintains twelve air rotary drills and eighty five support vehicles for the operation of our full service blasthole, well drilling, pump and water conditioning installations and service crews and employs forty two people”.  Dennis himself has been with C.S. Garber & Sons for close to forty years joining the company in 1969.

Surface Drill 6Mincon’s state of the art Drill Rig Rebuild Centre is based in the vibrant area of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Focused heavily on the underground mining sector we are ideally placed both for the North American Mining Sector, and with excellent logistics facilities in Vancouver can offer an excellent service to our remaining customers around the world. The Rebuild Centre transforms used underground jumbos and surface drills to as new factory condition at a fraction of the price of a new drill machine.

Wolverine4000ControlPanelAll rebuilt drill rigs have the option of having our Mincon Wolverine 4000 Control panel and Hydraulic system fitted. This allows a huge amount of flexibility to the operator as it allows for the operation of any manufacturers Hydraulic Drills. These can be fitted and run at the OEM pressure settings due to the Mincon upgraded power packs which can be set to various operating pressures at the turn of a selector switch. Since its introduction the Wolverine system has been proven to be superior to OEM systems.

In addition to the Drill Rig Rebuild Centre the Vancouver Facility is equipped with a state of the art Top Hammer Rebuild and Test Facility. This facility is set up to work on any manufacturers hammers. The hammers will be rebuilt to OEM specifications and tested on site before being returned to the contractor.

Scandinavia has long been acknowledged as being at the forefront of Ground-Source Heat Pump technology and the development of the most efficient installation techniques.

There are currently in excess of 315,000 installations in Scandinavia and the experience and expertise gained during their completion is now being utilised in many other, energy conscious, countries around the world.

Alongside the necessary expertise, the selection and use of the best available equipment is also vital to any efficient drilling operation.

Directional Drilling2 300x182 4044e4122b2373dbe4a0004aa127b07cIn 2002 Mincon started development of a range of steerable tools for Hardrock drilling in the Horizontal Directional Drilling Industry. The tools are specifically designed for use in medium to hard rock drilling conditions where conventional directional drilling systems offer very little to the contactor when Hard rock is encountered.

The Mincon Hard rock range offers the most complete line of steerable hammer systems on the market.

HDD30 – 3 ½” Pilot Bore

HDD40 – 4 ¼” Pilot Bore

An interview with Mr. Neill Pardue of Air Drilling Company, Statesville, North Carolina by Tom Purcell of Mincon, Inc.

Founded in 1966 by the late Mr. Wilson Martin, Air Drilling Company has over a period of nearly forty years built a reputation as a company that you call when you have a hard job that requires true professionals. Through their two companies, Air Drilling Company and Geologic Exploration, they cater for both the commercial and residential water well industries and also to the environmental and geotechnical industries.

“We run Driltech D25 rigs with 1000 cfm x 350psi and we have been extremely happy with the Mincon range of products since starting to use them on our machines”, said Neill Pardue.

“Of all of the Mincon Hammers that we run, we are most impressed with the Mincon 8DH. Unlike smaller contractors, we do a lot of commercial 8″ wells for city and county authorities. Most of these jobs tend to be to a contracted depth of between 800 and 1000 feet, to get as much water as you can”, said Pardue.

RC DrillingIn 2006 Mincon Rockdrills set about developing and manufacturing a new design of reverse circulation DTH hammer.Mincon personnel have a wealth of knowledge and experience in reverse circulation hammer design and manufacture.  Mincon has been involved since the acceptance of reverse circulation drilling as an advancement over cross-over sub systems and an alternative the more expensive diamond coring.  Bringing this experience to the MX line of hammers produced a design that is second to none in performance, reliability and sample quality.

The Mincon MX Range of RC hammers are high performance geological sampling tools that provide trouble free operation in all kinds of demanding conditions. With a dedicated manufacturing plant equipped with state of the art equipment in Perth Australia, Mincon are located in the heart of RC hammer development worldwide.

In 2008 Mincon introduced its newest range of DTH Hammers and DTH Bits, The MC Range.

The MC Range of tools is unique in that they do not use a foot valve on the drill bit. The MC range includes a patented bit retention system that allows for a fully supported bit in the bit chuck. This provides for a much sturdier shank design greatly reducing the possibility of drill bit shanking. With more spline engagement than a traditional DTH bit the amount of spline wear is greatly reduced when compared to other traditional drill bits.

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